Talks with Taleban likely to take place within 'next few days': US official

(REUTERS) - United States (US) talks with the Taleban are likely to be held within the "next few days" in Qatar, a senior US official said on Wednesday, after delays caused by tensions over the naming of a new Taleban office in the capital, Doha.

A senior US official told Reuters on Tuesday the talks would take place on Thursday.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday his government would not join the peace talks with the Taleban, angered by a banner on the front of the new offices referring to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the name the Taleban used during their rule.

Later, a statement from Karzai's office said the banner had been taken down.